Tuesday, 21 November 2017

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#MakeWhatsNext, a partnership with Microsoft to empower girls

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30.06.2016 – The #MakeWhatsNext: Girlz in Tech Europe campaign organised a Pan European Event at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. The event marked the close of an eight week campaign in Europe, which featured 56 local activities hosted across 28 countries by local, regional and international partners, reaching over 10,000 girls. 

The Pan European event in Venice gave participating young women the opportunity to hear keynote speeches from speakers including the BBC, the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) in Brussels, International Telecommunications Union (ITU), UN Women, European Institutions, researchers, and technology start-up leaders, who dispelled the stereotypes that surround Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and provided hands-on trainings to encourage girls to create, achieve and invent a better Europe.

On this occasion, UNRIC’s Deputy Director, Caroline Petit, participated in a panel debate alongside Sarah Parkes of ITU and Ulziisuren Jamsran of UN Women. They informed and engaged the audience of young women and girls on the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda, the role of youth in the implementation of the SDGs, the need to close the gender gap, and how to take on action to create sustainable and social impact through Information Communications Technology (ICT).

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As Caroline Petit said: "Information Technology skills allow you to create the domino effect you need in order to reach the sustainable goals, be an agent of change to transform our world and push further one’s innovative and entrepreneurial ideas to make a sustainable impact on one’s chosen sector or in our daily life. Dare and inspire others as you can be the entrepreneurs that will make a difference and contribute to the implementation of global goals. This charter is yours and mine. Let’s make a difference and work together to make it real.”

According to Ulziisuren Jamsran: “You can be the women that will really make a change”. Sarah Parkes highlighted the necessity of girls getting into coding as this “Helps in any area girls choose to work in, it's an essential skill”.

Though we often associate the world of science as a male dominated environment, the #MakeWhatsNext campaign shows that young women can, on the contrary, be at the forefront of ICT innovation. This point was key in the video message from UN Special Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi.

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